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Rebecca Lawton
Writer and geologist

Rebecca Lawton is a fluvial geologist and former river guide who writes about water in the West. Her latest book is Steelies and Other Endangered Species (2014). She lives in northern California.

Written by Rebecca Lawton

Essay/
Wellbeing
The healing power of nature

The idea that immersing yourself in forests and nature has a healing effect is far more than just folk wisdom

Rebecca Lawton

Essay/
Ecology and environmental sciences
Midnight at the oasis

Once oases supported human evolution. Now, our addiction to fountains, pools and palms threatens our survival

Rebecca Lawton